The 2012-13 campaign will mark the fifth season for Marty Wilford with the Admirals Ė but his first since 2004-05 and his first behind the bench at Scope.
Wilford enters his second season as an assistant coach with Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate. Last season, Wilford served as an assistant coach with the Syracuse Crunch, helping the team to a 37-29-5-5 record and a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Wilford joined the Ducks organization after completing a 14-year playing career. He most recently spent the 2010-11 season with Fassa HC in Italy, where he led all club defensemen in scoring with 26 points (3g, 23a) in 39 games. Wilford appeared in 539 combined AHL games with Norfolk, St. Johnís (Maple Leafs), Milwaukee, Hartford, Manchester and Iowa (Stars), from 2000-07, tallying 275 points (47g, 228a) and 573 penalty minutes. He spent three years from in the German Elite League (DEL) from 2007-10, leading all league blueliners in points in 2009-10 (41) and assists in 2007-08 (34) and 2009-10 (38).
Wilford is the highest scoring defenseman in AHL Admirals history. He posted 32 goals and 173 points in 318 games over four seasons with Norfolk (2000-01, 2002-05). Among all players in AHL Admirals history, Wilford ranks third in scoring and first in assists (141). He also posted one goal and 16 points in 32 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Admirals, ranking second in games played, tied for second in points and first in assists in AHL Admirals playoff history.
A native of Cobourg, Ontario, Wilford was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round, 149th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning pro, Wilford spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with Oshawa, recording 96 points (23g, 73a) in 190 games from 1994-97. He finished second on the club and led all team defensemen in scoring with 62 points (19g, 43a) in 62 games during the 1996-97 campaign, helping the Generals win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions.